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Rosetta is a system and workstation that enhances the work habits of lab researchers in the chromatography process to improve their experience. 

This project was developed in collaboration with GE Healthcare and it was aimed to envision the chromatography system of the future.

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Background /

Research insights

During the research phase of this project, in which we met numerous people of different level of expertise, we found out two interesting aspects of the chromatography process:

1 - The way the researchers collect the data of their experiments it is still very much relying on analog supports such as notebooks or hand written journals.

2 - The time in which the chromatography machine is "running" is irrelevant compared to the time that the researchers spend in the preparation of such "run". And it is during this period of time, before and after the "run", that most of the mistakes and errors can occur.

Therefore the preparation phase was providing us many design opportunities, and this project developed in that direction.

How can we improve the experience of collecting, processing, storing and managing data?
Creating a workstation that enhances the work habits of a lab researcher in the chromatography process.
What are the work habits that lab researchers have? 

Setting timer and monitoring time of experiments

Note taking to keep a record of their process.

Talking to themselves to remember

Moving across different lab spaces

Carrying documenting tools, samples, electronic devices 

Recording images of the steps


Testing and validation



• She would like to see the peaks while doing other experiments.

• The watch on the wrist is an ideal position as when they are on the move and in the middle of tasks accessing the various functions of the watch is much easier.

I create my own categorisation of steps

We have multiple experiments running at the same time.



Rosetta is a system composed of two main elements: a wearable device and a smart surface. 

Here I will explain more in detail the first one.

The smart device will be the researcher companion, providing a constant log of all the informations that are generated through it.  

Vocal notes will be translated and logged, as well as timers and alarms, on a digital platform that would compile daily reports of the progresses in the experiments. 

The smart device will also work as a "digital key" to log in and record the steps from machine to machine. 

Finally, and most importantly, the smart surface has a built in docking station, which the smart device can attach, recharge, provide login and  function as physical interface thanks to its dial ring. 

User Interface

The interactions with the smart device happen through the ring dial, and the touch screen.


The first interface allows to navigate through the different options, and function of the system.  The second one, the touch screen, allows confirmation and the back function with a double tap. 



Accessing various experiments on the go by twisting the wearable's outer ring 

Audio recording


Capturing observations and process details on the go as the researchers access multiple different spaces 

Lab activity


Tracking the chromatography activity  and see the visualisation of the peaks when on the move



Set a timer during experiments as having precise time is really crucial to for researchers